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Level: Advanced
Length: 34 mi (54.7 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,804/1 ft
Total: 79 riders

Mountain Biking Pandapas Pond / Poverty Creek

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#25 of 286 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#1,100 in the world

There are a wide variety of trails in the Pandapas Pond Day Use Area (also known as the Poverty Creek Trail System); ranging from less than one mile in length to 7 miles long. Some of the trails are rather flat, nontechnical, and rolling. Others climb and dip along the ridge with some rock gardens thrown in to keep things interesting. And others are fast downhill descents littered with jumps and other obstacles! Want to do a really long ride? Pedal out here via the greenway from Blacksburg, ride all the singletrack, and then ride back! There really is a bit of something for everyone at Pandapas Pond!

First added by weaselworks on Dec 26, 2006. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take US 460 west from Blacksburg for approx. 3 miles. Turn left across from VA 621 (which goes to the right) into the Pandapas Pond Day Use Area. Parking is available immediately to the left and further down the road closer to the pond.
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  • zbenton

    I've had a chance to run/bike almost all of the trails in the past couple years. There are some trails that, even as an experienced runner, I've been forced to walk up because of how steep it can be. I've done a couple of brutal "secret" trails and those are definitely for the experts. Overall, Pandapas has a decent mix of trails, not much jumping but a lot of good technical downhill. The black diamonds are deserving of their rating, watch where your wheel is going. It will challenge you whether you're on foot or in the saddle.

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  • gphilvmi08

    This is a trail with quite a network. It is easy to get lost and I have a feeling most of the best trails are a locals wink,wink,nudge,nudge kind of thing. There are some serious jump lines through a section of a trail that definitely caused me to break my collar bone. Basically, you can't roll those jumps. Other than that, it is a rugged, old-school trail similar to a lot of trails in the area.

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  • Allgrainer

    First time ....lots of climbing, rock gardens and some sweet downhill ...some climbing over 20% grade and narrow in spots .. some downhill the same.. Nice trails well maintained

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  • Peddlin and Smilin

    Great system of trails in close proximity to VT. I was visiting VT for a Career Fair and brought the bike along in hopes of getting a ride in. I started at the parking lot closest to the school and rode the connector trail up to the ridge. I should say I walked a good portion of the trail up due to the technical difficulty of the climbing. A guy I was riding with was able to session the difficult spots all the way up, but I am not at that skill level. Once at the top, I rode the ridge line to the southeast, then dropped in on the Beauty Trail (not sure on the exact name of it). It was by far the best trail I rode that day. Lots of fun, tight turns and good speed on the way down. I then rode some of the other trails in this valley, then climbed back to the ridge line. The trip back down the connector trail was a blast! Overall about 13 miles of riding and my legs felt it. Looking forward to trying it again on my next visit to VT.

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  • skirschner

    Road base trail. Great beginner trails, single and double tracks. A little bit of rock and root gardens. Short climbs. Fun creek crossings.

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  • RidingPastor
    Reviewing Prickly Pear:

    This is a fun little downhill. Well at least the way I rode it, it was. Fun and probably most flowy part of the whole system.

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  • RidingPastor
    Reviewing Indian Pipe:

    This was tough I climbed from forest road to Poverty creek it was steep and had loose rocks. Mighty be more fun going downhill.

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  • Bentjammer
    Reviewing Jacob’s Ladder:

    Known as 'Beast' to the locals, this trail will take a bite out of the unfocused on the downhill. Super Challenging climb when riding up from the bottom too.

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  • Bentjammer
    Reviewing Gateway:

    Rocky right of passage to Pandapas Pond trails if riding from Blacksburg. Super D course for Rowdy Dawg every October. Known as 'Old Farm' to the locals.

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  • Bentjammer

    This is old school mountain biking at its best. Home of Rowdy Dawg MTN Bike Race held every October, the oldest continuously run mtb race in Virginia. Accessible from Blacksburg bt the Gateway Old Farm Trail or the Pandapas Pond P-lot.

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  • smithj723

    A really large trail system with something for everyone. I rode maybe half the trails during my time in Blacksburg, always solo. I'd suggest bringing company if you plan on doing any of the advanced routes (or even if you do the whole 7 miles on Poverty Creek) - there are many technical spots the further out you go with a lot of opportunity for error, but it's a blast to ride. Seems like a no-brainer now but Pandapas is the reason I put discs on my old mtb...don't risk the advanced trails without them. Awesome views, fun variety of trails, and mostly well-marked. Your legs will scream from the climbs but the fast downhills are worth it.

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  • Reviewing Poverty Creek:

    Nice easy trail for after class rides, I often bring friends here to experience mountain biking and they typically enjoy it.

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